School of Public and International Affairs

Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs

With current unpredictability and complexity of global affairs, it has never been more important to prepare professionals who can bring positive change. The Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs is a two-year interdisciplinary program that prepares analytical thinkers with complex problem-solving skills through its rich cross-discipline and experiential study program, internship and networking opportunities. These graduates will be skilled communicators and collaborators who understand how local issues transcend national boundaries in such an extraordinarily integrated world that we live in. This degree will open them wide range of career opportunities in diplomacy, international organizations, and/or government or pursue PhD research.

Program focus:

  • Research Methods
  • International Affairs
  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Science

The program is taught in the evenings throughout 5 semesters, including one Summer term. Limited opportunities are also offered for those interested in spending one semester abroad as an exchange student. Alongside the major core courses, students take 3 elective courses after completing their first year. Close to the end of their studies, students apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios by working on a Capstone project. Students who choose research track write Master’s thesis during their second year.

Students can find details of thesis writing in this guide:Guidelines for Writing and Defending Master’s Thesis.

Students can find details of Capstone project in this guide: Capstone Project Guidelines

Graduate Assistantship

Each year, top 5 students are selected to be part of prestigious Graduate Assistantship Program. The selected students receive full tuition waiver and get a chance to work with School’s faculty member on a research project. Graduate Assistantship is awarded at the time of admissions and does not require a separate application.

Other financial aid options include merit-based scholarships for returning students, international fellowship, and need-based support.

Tution and fees

Annual tuition and fees for the citizens of Azerbaijan is 6500 AZN and for Internationals 10500 AZN.

Application deadlines

For citizens of Azerbaijan:

  • First-round application deadline and deadline for Graduate Assistantship: April 1
  • Second-round application deadline: July 1

For international applicants:

  • First-round application and fellowship deadline: April 1
  • Second-round application deadline: July 15

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What you study at MADIA

MIS/Decision Sciences
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Statistics for Decision Making
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  • Managerial Economics
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Legal Professions & Studies
  • Public International Law
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Political Science
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
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  • International Relations and Strategy - Capstone I or Master's Thesis I
  • International Relations and Strategy - Capstone I or Master's Thesis II
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International Affairs
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
  • International Security
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International Affairs
  • Geopolitics of Energy
  • International Organisations
  • Topics in Regional Studies: Russian Politics; EU Politics
  • Topics in International Affairs: Conflict Resolution; International Negotiations
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  • Internship
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